Congregation Beth Am has one of the finest synagogue libraries in Northern California. Started in 1959 by our congregants Richard and Caroline Hoffman, our large library collection currently contains over 10,000 books covering a wide range of Judaic topics such as Bible, spirituality, history, biography, fiction, travel, cooking, art and much more. We are especially proud of our extensive children's collection.
In addition to our circulating books, we have many reference resources covering the Bible, Talmud, Jewish encyclopedias, genealogy, Hebrew/English dictionaries and other areas. The library also has a large video collection, with over 250 titles available for checkout. The Library has a state-of-the-art Judaica Library Computer Catalog system - books and videotapes may be searched by author, title, subject or keyword. Search our online catalog.
The library is open whenever the Beth Am campus is open. Please feel free to come in and browse our collection. Make sure to sign out any books that you are borrowing. During the school year, the library is staffed from 3:30 - 5:30 PM, Tuesday-Thursday, and on Sunday mornings when Sunday Program is in session. During the summer, the Library is generally staffed Tuesday - Thursday.
Professional librarian, Diane, library committee volunteers and madrichim staff are available to assist congregants with their library needs. We welcome the opportunity to provide additional information. Please send inquires to Leah or leave a message through the library voicemail at (650) 493-3117, ext. 220.
Support the Beth Am Library:
Book or DVD Sponsorhship Program
The library’s new book or DVD sponsorship program supports the Beth Am library and provides an opportunity to honor birthday or holiday celebrations. Contribute $18 for the purchase of a book or DVD in the child or adult’s name, and the library will place an acknowledgement plate in the book/DVD celebrating the honoree, sending them an acknowledgement with the title. It’s a great way to support our library and honor a loved one of any age!
Make your gift online to purchase a library book in honor of a special child!